Charge-Neutral Ir(III) Metal Phosphors Bearing Functional Pyrazole-Pyridine-Pyrazole Chelates

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Author(s)

  • Min Song
  • Dong-Ying Zhou
  • Shek-Man Yiu
  • Liang-Sheng Liao
  • Mo Xie

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2070−2078
Journal / PublicationOrganometallics
Volume42
Issue number15
Online published10 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2023

Abstract

Homoleptic charge-neutral Ir(III) metal complexes bearing tridentate chelates composed of two orthogonally aligned pyrazole–pyridine–pyrazole fragments were designed and synthesized. It is notable that the substituents play an essential role in tuning both the photophysical and electrochemical properties. Upon the introduction of CF3 substituents at the central pyridyl fragment of one tridentate chelate and peripheral pyrazolate fragments of alternative tridentate chelate, phosphorescence can be fine-tuned from green to orange, together with an improved emission quantum yield, as recorded in degassed tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution at room temperature (RT). Further replacement of the N–H fragment of monoanionic chelate with a methyl substituent gives Ir(III) complexes [Ir(Bpz2pyMe)(Fpz2py)] (2Me) and [Ir(Bpz2FpyMe)(Fpz2py)] (3Me), showing decomposition temperatures (Td) greater than 300 °C. Therefore, this work paves a new avenue for designing and synthesizing emissive Ir(III) complexes without the traditional cyclometalating aromatics, albeit with a lowered emission efficiency. As a proof of concept, Ir(III) complexes 2Me and 3Me were employed as the dopant emitters for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) fabrication, giving a maximum external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 7.1 and 15.9% and a current efficiency (CE) of 22.5 and 50 cd·A–1, respectively. © 2023 American Chemical Society.

Research Area(s)

  • IRIDIUM(III) COMPLEXES, PHOTOPHYSICAL PROPERTIES, DESIGN, FAMILY

Citation Format(s)

Charge-Neutral Ir(III) Metal Phosphors Bearing Functional Pyrazole-Pyridine-Pyrazole Chelates. / Yan, Jie; Song, Min; Zhou, Dong-Ying et al.
In: Organometallics, Vol. 42, No. 15, 14.08.2023, p. 2070−2078.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review